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No Business In Abuse

The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is supporting a new campaign called No Business In Abuse. This campaign aims to end human rights abuses in detention centres.

Report links financial sector to human rights abuses of asylum-seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centres

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, August 2016

Association with Abuse: The financial sector’s association with gross human rights abuses of people seeking asylum in Australia. Read the full story.

 

 

ABC NewsRadio: The Business of Offshore Detention

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Last week, the Papua New Guinea Government made the decision to close the Manus Island detention centre, after the PNG Supreme Court ruled that the facility was in breach of the Constitution.

The Australian Government is now working out where to place the 800 detainees who remain at the centre.

The Spanish conglomerate that’s about to take over responsibility for running the facility—as well as the one on Nauru—says in the future, it wants to get out of the business entirely.

The company, Ferrovial, succeeded last week in a takeover bid for the current contract holder Broadspectrum. Activist groups have lobbied […]

Disrupting The Supply Chains Of Mandatory Detention

From New Matilda By Matthew Kiem. The inspiring tale of activism that forced a major super fund to ditch a company in the misery business. The persistent pressure on HESTA to divest from Transfield Services Pty Ltd has landed a huge blow against the biggest contractor in the Australian detention industry. Read the full story.

‘Hell exists and it’s on Nauru’: Priest angers Transfield over asylum seeker church signs

From the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. By Joanne McCarthy. Transfield chairwoman Diane Smith-Gander has asked to meet with Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson about the priest who won’t stop talking about Jesus, morals and asylum seekers. Father Rod Bower’s sign “Hesta Divests Transfield. Good on ya!” outside his Gosford church on August 18 after the superannuation fund divested its Transfield shares, and a tweet saying “Don’t invest in evil”, led to a call from Transfield and a request for a meeting. Read the full story.

PRESS RELEASE: Transfield awarded yet another 5 years to mis-manage offshore detention centres.

AUGUST 31, 2015: Vice-Chair of the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce, Sister Brigid Arthur, said today “it’s inconceivable that despite the abuses which have been inflicted on helpless people on Nauru and Manus Island, that the operator of those facilities, Transfield Services, has been awarded another 5 years to inflict even more harm”.

As a regular visitor to mainland detention centres, Sister Brigid Arthur works with women and children who have experienced sexual assault on Nauru. She said that “this company was paid $1.2 billion by Australian taxpayers to manage these gulags on Manus Island and Nauru. Transfield AND their sub-contractors should […]

Transfield Services aims to send fund managers to Nauru and Manus

1440669084135From the Sydney Morning Herald By Jenny Wiggins and Sally Rose. Some of Australia’s top fund managers may get guided tours of asylum-seeker detention centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island under a plan by Transfield Services to assure industry superannuation funds that it is not committing human rights abuses. Transfield expects the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to renew a $2.2 billion contract providing operational, maintenance and welfare support ­services for detention centres on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru… Read the full story.

Transfield in the heart of hot debate on ethical investment

1440467331849From the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. By Sally Rose. Two of Australia’s biggest superannuation funds have dumped shares in Transfield Services citing concerns about human rights inside the offshore asylum seeker camps the company runs for the Australian government, while at least half a dozen other industry funds are conducting a review. Against a backdrop of lower forecast investment returns during the next decade, and increased competition, more funds are seeking to differentiate themselves as responsible custodians of members’ moral principles as well as their money. Read more

NGS Super dumps Transfield Services on ‘moral grounds’

1440467331712From the FINANCIAL REVIEW by Joanna Mather. The industry superannuation fund for private school teachers is divesting from detention centre operator Transfield Services on “moral grounds”.  The board of NGS Super unanimously agreed on Tuesday to sell its $5.5 million stake in Transfield. Read more

Donate to the No Business in Abuse campaign

NBIA-logo-WHiteYou might like to consider making a donation to the No Business in Abuse campaign the taskforce is supporting. This campaign aims to end abuses in detention centres through encouraging people and super funds to divest their shares in companies that run detention centres.

Business leads on detention centre abuses where government fails

1439891695645FROM THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Industry super fund HESTA has sold its stake in Transfield Services citing evidence of human rights violations inside the offshore detention centres run by the sharemarket-listed company. By SMH Markets Reporter, Sally Rose. Read more.